Book Giveaway and Spotlight: Heaven’s Needle and The River King’s Road

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Title: Heaven’s Needle
Author: Liane Merciel
ISBN: 9781439159163
Price: $7.99 ($9.99 CAN)
On Sale: 04/26/11

The second book in an epic fantasy series, in which the fate of a world rests in the hands of a woman who must rescue the knight she loves…

Six hundred years ago, an unknown force destroyed one of the greatest fortresses in Ithelas, slaughtering its defenders so swiftly that none survived to say what befell them.

Now, in the shadow of those ancient ruins, something malign is stirring.

Kelland, a divinely blessed Knight of the Sun, is charged with the duty of confronting the fell powers of the world. But his only chance of stopping this evil may be to ally with another — even as Bitharn, his companion, betrays their faith in the name of love. Meanwhile, three young novices from the Dome of the Sun, accompanied by a scarred and taciturn swordswoman, venture bravely but unwisely into the heart of danger, seeking a holy artifact that, they pray, might end it. Their paths converge in Carden Vale, where nightmare awaits.

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Received in March

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in March for review and/or giveaways:

Hereafter Blu-Ray Edition
Yogi Bear Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy
IMAX Hubble
Ancient Aliens Season One
Life After People The Series Welcome To Earth. Population Zero, The Complete Season Two
The Universe Explore The Edges Of The Unknown The Complete Season Five
How Earth Was Made The Complete Season One
The Last Dinosaur
Stan Lee’s Superhumans

Brilliance Audio:
Agatha H. and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio

Pocket/Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game by David Mack
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Indistinguishable from Magic by David A McIntee
Star Trek: New Frontier: Blind Man’s Bluff by Peter David

Ace Books:
Serpent’s Storm by Amber Benson
Dead Waters by Anton Strout
Eureka: Road Less Traveled by Cris Ramsay
WWW: Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer
Con & Conjure by Lisa Shearin

Harlequin Teen:
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Archaia Press:
An Elegy for Amelia Johnson by Andrew Rostan
Feeding Ground #4 of 6
Cyclops: The Hero #4 of 8
Days Missing: Kestus Issue Four

Errant Press:
In the Shadow of Swords by Val Gunn

Mad Norwegian Press:
Whedonistas by Lynne M. Thomas
Resurrection Code by Lyda Morehouse

State of the Art Entertainment:
Contra Alliance: Shadows of the Past by Tom Kolega

Harper Collins/William Morrow:
Burn Down the Sky by James Jaros
666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce

Harper Voyager/Eos Books:
Children of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy

Tor Books:
Dark Jenny by Alex Bledsoe
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
Honeyed Words by J. A. Pitts
All the Lives He Led by Frederik Pohl

Simon Teen/Aladdin:
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Roc Books:
Element Zero by James Knapp
Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick

Daw Books:
Alien in the Family by Gini Koch
A Magic of Dawn by S. L. Farrell
Deceiver by C. J. Cherryh
The Shining City by Fiona Patton
Betrayer by C. J. Cherryh

Harper Teen/Greenwillow
Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Egmont Books:
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Rendering by Joel Naftali

Night Shade Books:
A Matter of Time by Glen Cook
Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh
The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Orbit Books:
Theories of Flight by Simon Morden
Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells

Little, Brown:
America Pacifica by Anna North

Trapdoor Books:
Nanomagica by Norman J LaFave

Received in February

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in February for review and/or giveaways:

Dungeons & Dragons 2-Movie Collection Blu-Ray Edition

Pocket Books:
Raziel by Kristina Douglas
Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix
Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams
Heaven’s Needle by Liane Merciel
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor’s Wing by Michael A. Martin

Dial/Penguin Teen/Razor Bill:
Relic Master: The Dark City #1 by Catherine Fisher
Department 19 by Will Hill

Gryffin Ink:
Resonance by AJ Scudiere

Harper Teen:
Emily the Strange: Dark Times by Jessica Gruner
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Father of Lies by Ann Turner
The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler
A True Princess by Diane Zahler

Ace Books:
The Griffin’s War by K.J. Taylor
Xombies: Apocalypso by Walter Greatshell
Daybreak Zero by John Barnes
River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Night Shade Books:
Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume 5 by Jonathan Strahan
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
Revolution World by Katy Stauber

Blue Leaf Publications:
Stormy Knight: Prom Queen of the Undead by Shannon Duffy and John Zakour

Fraggle Rock #2 of 3
The Killer: Modus Vivendi #3 by MATZ
Okko Cycle of Air #3 by Hub

Daw Books:
Hastur Lord by Marion Zimmer Bradley
After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar by Joshua Palmatier
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
Unsympathetic Magic by Laura Leone

Roc Books:
Blackout by Rob Thurman
Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop
Changes by Jim Butcher

Angry Robot:
Dead Streets by Tim Waggoner

Pill Hill Press:
Jack Brand by John M. Whalen
The Guns of Mars by Martin T Ingham

Bell Bridge Books:
The Branding by Micaela Wendell
How To Slay A Dragon by Bill Allen

Avon/Eos Books:
This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Hunger Untamed by Pamela Palmer

Orbit Books:
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Equations of Life by Simon Morden
The Neon Court by Kate Griffin

Harper Collins/William Morrow/It:
Immortal with a Kiss by Jacqueline Lepore
Cowboys and Aliens by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg

Tor Books:
Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Scholastic Books:
Lost and Found by Shaun Tan

Allison Pang Blog Tour

Allison Pang stops by today to discuss her recent release A Brush of Darkness, the first in a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance series from Pocket Books.

Romancing the Incubus

The working title of A Brush of Darkness was Shadow of the Incubus. An obvious title, given that Brystion, the “hero/love interest”, actually is one. Most people are probably aware of the general mythology of the incubus – a male demon who sits on the chest of sleeping women and has some form of metaphysical sex with her. Over time, the woman would get weaker and weaker and it was assumed the demon was slowly sucking the life out of her.

As the potential love interest in a book, it’s a pretty easy way to get some smexy times worked up…but I wanted to give Brystion a more relatable edge. Yes, he’s arrogant and a bit of an ass at times, but a good deal of that is defensive. Although he has the ability to make his potential lovers weak at the knees with a simple smile or a gesture, the truth of the matter is that much of how he presents himself is completely dependent upon their whims, even if the women themselves aren’t aware of it.

He’s forced to submit to their fantasies in order to drink their dreams (similar to the vampire needing blood concept), but as a result, there is very little of himself that is “him.” His physical appearance, his talents, even some of his mannerisms are directly influenced by their dreams. Naturally he’s a little bitter about it. Inwardly he despairs that he’ll never be able to do anything to change it. Hence the shadow bit of the original title – in a way, he’s living in his own shadow because he doesn’t really want to accept himself for what he truly is.

Of course, he does have an “actual” form, but he’s rather loathe to show it to anyone, particularly because he knows it’s nothing anyone dreams about. When Abby (our heroine) enters the scene he has his own reasons for attempting to seduce her (which I’m not going to get into here for spoiler reasons), but much of his motivation gets an overhaul as they work together to try to find his missing sister and her missing employer.

A major theme of the book is about acceptance – of things you can’t change, for example…but in this case it’s also about Brystion finally allowing someone to accept him for what he is, and in doing so, finally accepting himself as well.

Received in January

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in January for review and/or giveaways:

Merlin: the Complete Second Season
Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series

Dial/Penguin Teen:
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Night Shade Books:
God’s War by Kameron Hurley
Never Knew Another by J. M McDermott
Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht

Harper Teen:
Faerie Path #6: The Charmed Return by Frewin Jones
Faerie Path #5: The Enchanted Quest by Frewin Jones
Vesper by Jeff Sampson
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Orbit Books:
Tempest’s Legacy by Nicole Peeler
The Spirit Rebellion by Rachel Aaron
The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron

Harper/Voyager/William Morrow:
Death’s Sweet Embrace by Tracey O’hara
A Kingdom Besieged by Raymond E. Feist
Graveminder by Melissa Marr

Roc Books:
The King of the Crags by Stephen Deas
Rising Tides: Destroyermen by Taylor Anderson

Ace Books:
The Griffin’s Flight by K.J. Taylor

Simon Teen:
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy: The Edge by Rudy Josephs

Obsidian Mystery
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie

Viking Books:
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Daw Books:
Blackveil by Kristen Britain
Zombiesque by Stephen L. Antczak
License to Ensorcell by Katharine Kerr
Messiah: Apotheosis by S. Andrew Swann

Orion Books:
H. G. Wells Classic Collection by H. G. Wells

St. Martin’s Press:
The Kensei: A Lawson Vampire Novel by Jon F. Merz

Thomas Nelson:
The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead

Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster:
Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier

Pocket Books:
Venom by Jennifer Estep

OR Books:
Welcome to the Greenhouse by Gordon Van Gelder

Archaia Entertainment:
The Secret History: Book Fourteen: The Watchers
Lucid: Issue Three
Cyclops #2 of 8
Critical Millenium: The Dark Frontier #3 of 4
Fraggle Rock #1 of 3
Feeding Ground #3 of 6

Sourcebooks Fire:
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends:
The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee

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